National Day

Jan 29, 2020

Q. It has been suggested that Australia should have a separate national day to recognise Indigenous Australians. Do you…?  

Jan ‘20 Jan’19 Oct ‘18
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 37% 36%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 15% 14%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 52% 50%
Do not support a separate day 40% 40% 37%
Don’t know 11% 8% 12%
Base (n) 1,080 1,652

 

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 38% 28% 32% 32%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 20% 12% 42% 9%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 58% 40% 73% 42%
Do not support a separate day 40% 29% 54% 15% 53%
Don’t know 11% 13% 6% 12% 5%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • Support for a separate day to recognise Indigenous Australians (either in place, or alongside Australia Day) has decreased 2%pts from last year, from 52% to 50%.
  • 32% support including a separate national day with a further 18% supporting a replacement of Australia Day.
  • Support for a separate day was highest among Greens (73%) and Labor (58%) voters.
Total Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Support a separate day and keep Australia Day 32% 41% 32% 25%
Support a separate day to replace Australia Day 18% 24% 18% 11%
NET: Support a separate day 50% 65% 50% 36%
Do not support a separate day 40% 21% 37% 57%
Don’t know 11% 14% 13% 6%
Base (n) 1,080 330 374 376
  • Support for a separate day was highest among those aged 18-34, with 65% support. Support was at 50% support among 35-54 year olds and 36% among those aged over 55.

Australia Day

Jan 29, 2020

Q. Will you personally be doing anything to celebrate Australia Day or do you treat it as just a public holiday?

Total Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+   Jan’19 Jan ‘17 Jan ‘16 Jan ‘15
Doing something to celebrate Australia Day 34% 32% 32% 37% 40% 34% 38% 40%
Just a public holiday 46% 50% 46% 43% 45% 46% 44% 41%
Working – I don’t get the Australia Day holiday 6% 8% 3% 3% 6% 5% 6% 7%
Don’t know 14% 9% 14% 17% 9% 15% 12% 12%
Base (n) 1,080 330 374 376 1,652
  • 34% said they will be doing something to celebrate Australia Day, 46% treat Australia Day as just a public holiday and 6% are working because they don’t get the Australia Day holiday.
  • People aged 18-34 were less likely to be engaging in specific celebrations to mark the National Day compared to last year (32%, down from 45% in 2019).

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